There’s no arguing that Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the former captain of the Indian cricket team, is arguably the most popular player of the Indian Premier League. The legend of the game has incredible stats as a batter and has been a crucial factor in CSK’s success. During his tenure as team captain, the Chennai Super Kings have won four IPL titles. His contributions have been instrumental to their success.
He has won games single-handedly for his team as the lethal finisher. In his IPL career, he played for CSK and has scored almost 5000 runs at an average of 39 and strike rate of well above 130. He has a calm demeanor that makes him a valuable member of the CSK team. Under pressure, his ability to read the game and make quick decisions could mean the difference between CSK winning or losing. With the 2023 IPL approaching, this could be Mahi’s last season as a player. So, for one last time, the fans of ‘Thala’ will be hoping for a successful campaign for CSK. Here are the top 3 reasons for this:
1. Last season
Dhoni has always been exceptional for his team. Whether as the lethal finisher or captain Cool’s crucial decision, he has always impressed fans all over the world with his performances. However, as with everything this fairytale is also close to its end and the 2023 IPL could be Dhoni’s last dance. Therefore, he would be determined to end his IPL career on a winning note. Practice sessions are already underway for him, and he appears eager to do well in the upcoming season.
2. Addition of a World Class all-rounder
Though CSK finished second last on the table in the 2022 season, management hasn’t made any major changes to the squad. They are relying on the same base players and the tactical genius, MS Dhoni to do well in the upcoming edition. They did, however, manage to pick up Ben Stokes from the auction and will be counting on his performance to ensure a successful middle order.
CSK will be lucky to have the England Test captain as he is tailor-made for their brand of cricket. He is a great T20 batter and also serve as a middle-over bowler which will provide Dhoni with another bowling option to choose from.
3. Back at Chepauk
For many years, M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, commonly called Chepauk Stadium, was the home of the Yellow Army. Having not played at home venue for three years, CSK is now returning to its own backyard, and their fans are overjoyed. CSK might benefit from this as an edge. It is because the number of home fans for Dhoni will be astounding, which will definitely give the team a boost to perform better. Additionally, Dhoni’s record at Chepauk stadium is exceptional.
On a slow spin friendly pitch, Dhoni has scored more than 1000 runs at a strike rate of above 140. He has seven matches in the home stadium, in conditions he is familiar with, which might help him finish on a high.